Full coverage: The U.S. government shutdown
With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government. The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when Bill Clinton was president and Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House, but had not closed since then.
11:43 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — It's been a constant quandary for the Obama White House: Should the president reach out to his Republican opponents or isolate them? Should he compromise to move his agenda or try to split the GOP ranks? Carrot or stick?
11:36 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.
10:05 AM EDT, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The flow of federal economic data is set to resume next week, highlighted by the release of the delayed September jobs report, as federal employees are back at work following the end of the partial government shutdown.
12:21 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
The first government shutdown in nearly 20 years ended late Wednesday after Congress agreed on a deal to fund the government through Jan. 15. and raise the nation's debt limit through Feb. 7. The 16-day ordeal took a toll on the national economy, economists said.
12:05 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama lectured members of Congress on Thursday on their responsibility to serve the country, urging them to negotiate with him on the budget and immigration reform instead of endangering the country with games of "brinkmanship."
11:54 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is open again. But it will take more than unlocking the doors, flipping the lights back on and turning on the panda cam before it’s business as usual.
12:49 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- John A. Boehner has found his options limited during his three years as House speaker by an informal rule for Republicans that dictates he move only legislation that has the approval of a majority of support among his own membership.
11:57 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON – The rough justice dispensed by the White House and Senate Democrats during the standoff impasse has further soured key House Republicans on passing immigration legislation.
11:18 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
The government shutdown has come to an end, the debt limit has been raised, and Washington has averted a crisis of its own making. Coming down to nearly the last minute, the House and Senate agreed to a bipartisan deal Wednesday night after weeks of negotiations, debate and partisan bickering.
1:13 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to a budget compromise, ending a 16-day government shutdown and averting the possibility of a default on the nation's bills, as a bitter partisan stalemate concluded with Republicans conceding defeat.
10:20 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday night to a budget compromise that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.
8:15 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- By an overwhelming vote, the Senate passed a budget compromise Wednesday night that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.
5:54 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
12:36 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders Wednesday jointly announced an agreement on a bipartisan proposal to extend the nation’s debt limit and end the partial shutdown of the federal government.
3:21 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The government has until the end of Thursday before its ability to borrow runs out, giving lawmakers just hours to work out the kinks of a possible deal.
11:18 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders, seeking to speed a budget agreement to President Obama's desk, may adopt an unusual procedure in which the House will vote first on a compromise written in the Senate, officials said Wednesday.
2:42 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
The Senate shutdown/debt limit deal announced earlier today continues to build momentum, with the Senate expected to approve the measure tonight. The House is then expected to give its final approval before sending the bill to the White House, though many conservative House Republicans and prominent conservative groups have voiced opposition to any such plan.
12:20 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — A frantic day of legislative maneuvering ended in futility for Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday, as the most conservative members of the House refused to back his proposed compromise to end the standoff over the federal budget.
8:00 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — If the debt limit isn't raised by Thursday's deadline, the cash flow problems of the world's wealthiest nation could be boiled down to a simple mathematics equation: 10 is greater than 7.
9:13 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Wednesday called the U.S. debt limit a "political weapon of mass destruction" and said both political parties should pledge never to use it as leverage because of the financial damage it can cause.
9:50 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
The question may seem premature, since the threat of a debt-ceiling breach and a government default still darkens America's skies, like a thunderhead.
7:21 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House leaders called off plans to vote on their new budget plan, after failing to get enough support from conservative rank-and-file members to pass the proposal.
5:39 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit.
4:11 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON — "It’s not our fault," says National Park Service Ranger George Durkee of the government shutdown that has closed parks, ruining vacations and pilgrimages to monuments such as the WWII memorial.
5:11 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House.
4:58 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
Negotiations over a Senate plan to end the government shutdown and extend the debt limit have been placed on hold while the House tries to cobble together its second plan of the day.
1:28 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON – An attempt by House Republicans to put forward a new budget proposal was crumbling as soon as it emerged Tuesday, panned by party conservatives and attacked by the White House and congressional Democrats.
2:17 PM EDT, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Under a deal emerging in the Senate, President Obama is poised to claim a clear victory on his demands in the debt-and-shutdown showdown with Republicans -- except, perhaps, the one he wants most.
11:59 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
WASHINGTON — Two weeks into a budget impasse that has left Americans dismayed by Washington brinkmanship, an outline of a deal emerged Monday as Senate leaders worked to prevent a potentially catastrophic debt default and end the damage inflicted by the lingering government shutdown.
5:42 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
As Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked toward a deal to loosen the debt ceiling and budget knot, a new poll showed where surgeons will have to operate once a deal is struck: Much — but not all — of their image-repair work will be have to be done on behalf of Republicans when it comes to the voter groups most sought after in 2014 and 2016.
3:45 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Amid suddenly fast-moving talks, the Senate’s top two leaders expressed optimism Monday that the contours of a budget deal were emerging to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s debt limit.
1:30 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House.
8:18 PM EDT, October 13, 2013
WASHINGTON – Talks in the Senate aimed at resolving the crisis over the federal budget hit a setback Sunday as Democrats, emboldened by GOP disarray, pushed their advantage, leading Republicans to warn against efforts to “humiliate” their party.
9:43 AM EDT, October 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Upset that the fiscal stalemate in Washington is threatening the global economy, China called for the U.S. dollar to be replaced as the international reserve currency as well as for broader steps to create a "de-Americanized world."
9:31 PM EDT, October 13, 2013
The federal government shutdown has lasted nearly two weeks, but the Washington blame game is still open for business.
3:31 PM EDT, October 11, 2013
WASHINGTON – Even as White House negotiators continue to wrangle with House Republican negotiators, separate discussions with GOP senators appear to be picking up steam after a meeting with President Obama.
7:00 AM EDT, October 11, 2013
For Republicans, the last 10 days have felt like falling down a darkened elevator shaft: You want to hit bottom, but wonder about the odds of survival.
9:56 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night negotiations between the White House and Congress.
6:30 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
How low can Congress go?
7:34 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company led by David and Charles Koch, tried to distance itself Wednesday from any blame for the government shutdown and congressional quagmire.
4:18 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
WASHINGTON – The political standoff that has gummed up the government for nine days showed no sign of ending Wednesday as Democratic leaders dug deeper into their position that they would not negotiate with Republicans leaders in the House until the government is reopened.
5:04 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon and Congress scrambled Wednesday to restore full military death benefits for families to quell a growing controversy as the federal government shutdown delayed assistance even to families of those who have given their lives for their country.
2:59 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
WASHINGTON – With nothing public on his schedule and an anonymous quote from an administration official to bat away, President Obama walked out of the White House with Vice President Joe Biden on Friday to pick up sandwiches and engage in a little damage control.
October 4, 2013
The government shutdown is in its fourth day, but already lawmakers are shifting at least some of their attention to the debt limit, which will be reached Oct. 17.
1:07 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- In a closed strategy session of House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday shared letters of encouragement he received from schoolchildren who urged him to withstand shutdown stress by taking a nap, listening to music – Lady Gaga was suggested – and other tips, according to those in the room.
9:00 AM EDT, October 4, 2013
For Republicans thinking of running for president in 2016, one imperative may be rising fast: not to be Bob Dole.
9:44 PM EDT, October 3, 2013
9:42 PM EDT, October 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — In 2011, with the government dangling on the edge of default, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) engaged in nearly daily negotiations. There were regular phone calls, talks and red wine at the White House. There were blow-ups, make-ups and then a deal.
8:52 PM EDT, October 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pleaded for patience Wednesday from a nervous faction of Republicans clamoring for a resolution to the government shutdown, now headed into a third day after congressional leaders left the White House without a path toward a deal.
11:46 AM EDT, October 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — President Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday evening to discuss the government shutdown, according to an administration official.
11:50 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON — For most of the last two decades, Republicans such as Rep. Patrick Meehan, who represents a politically competitive district near Philadelphia, have been the odd men out in a House caucus dominated by conservatives such as those aligned with the tea party.
5:25 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Social media users browsing their Twitter feeds Tuesday hoping to see a new space photo from NASA or learn American history facts from the U.S. Capitol account were instead met with blunt messages and apologies.
3:57 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that their investigation into the crash of a private jet Sunday evening in Santa Monica has been suspended due to the federal government shutdown.
3:15 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
With the federal government shutdown official Tuesday, local officials said it was "business as usual," even as hundreds of L.A. County workers demanding higher wages walked off the job.
3:06 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans emerged with a new strategy to reopen the most popular parts of government that have been shut down by the standoff in Congress, starting with votes Tuesday to fund veterans services and possibly the national parks.
3:40 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. — On an autumn morning like this one, they should be gearing up for a day of hiking amid the cacti, climbing up one of the more than 400 formations of high desert monzogranite or taking in the vista of Keyes View.
1:39 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
Government agencies have shut down because Congress has failed to pass the necessary money bills, known as appropriations, needed to keep them open. What’s the impact?
9:19 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — The last time the federal government shut down, for three weeks in the winter of 1995-96, the American economy felt a jolt but recovered quickly.
2:13 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans for the government shutdown, noting the “irony” that the healthcare program they were trying to kill is “open for business.”
2:41 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact.
5:53 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON – If government agencies begin to shut down Tuesday morning, both sides in the political battle will be carefully parsing poll results, looking to see how upset the public gets and, importantly, who is getting blamed.
11:42 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
Much of the federal government will shut down as of midnight. What will be closing, why and what impact will it have?
11:30 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
The Smithsonian closed its doors Tuesday as parts of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, All Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo in Washington, have closed until further notice.
4:01 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has a message for the politicians in Congress squabbling over whether it’s more important to stall the Affordable Care Act or fund the federal government’s operations:
12:36 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
Americans awoke to the sound of one hand clapping on Tuesday. While local governments were open for business, the other hand, the federal government, was largely unavailable because of a partial shutdown that began at midnight.
10:47 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
"Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning Oct. 1, 2013 until further notice," reads the Library of Congress website.
11:10 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
As Congress failed to agree on a budget and President Obama's healthcare law, parts of the federal government have started shutting down, with stoppages felt by Southern California residents and across the nation.
10:32 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Although the federal government began a partial shutdown Tuesday, most financial regulators remained on the job because their agencies are funded outside the congressional appropriations process.
10:07 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON — The first legislative moves after the federal government officially shut down were familiar ones, as the Senate moved Tuesday morning to rebuff a procedural move by the House.
2:19 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - An hour after the federal government began shutting down, House Republicans approved a last-ditch effort early Tuesday seeking to set up a committee with the Senate to resolve their monumental differences over Obamacare.
12:06 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
WASHINGTON – With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government late Monday, ordering federal agencies to prepare for funding to expire and to execute contingency plans.
5:32 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Around this time last year, President Obama was entering the final stretch of his reelection campaign and repeating a key rationale for a second term: Keeping him in the White House would chasten Republicans and end the dysfunction in Washington.
5:05 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans plan to vote Monday evening on yet another attempt to halt parts of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government past midnight, but the latest move worsened divisions within the GOP caucus, with both moderates and conservatives raising objections, creating more uncertainty as the deadline for action neared.
12:13 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — As Americans awoke to find Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) still conducting his all-night talkathon to stop President Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, some also found a pleading email in their in-boxes.
5:00 PM EDT, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON – The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday.
4:40 PM EDT, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are holding up a government spending bill in an attempt to eliminate money for the healthcare law, not to “threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven’t gotten 100% of your way. ”
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